2013 AFCON Super Eagles: Nigeria protests alleged bad officiating

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2013 AFCON Super Eagles: Nigeria protests alleged bad officiating

Nelspruit, South Africa – Disturbed by the alleged several wrong calls against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Saturday in Nelspruit wrote a protest letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on the performances of the two referees that have handled Nigeria’s matches so far in the competition.

With a paltry two points from two matches, Nigeria is on the brink of elimination from the tournament, unless it wins convincingly in its last group match against Ethiopia Tuesday.

Analysts have wondered why the centre referee in  the Nigeria-Zambia match Friday, Grisha Ghead, awarded a late penalty to defending champion Zambia, bringing score to 1-1.

Many are alleging a conspiracy against the Nigerians, following Ambrose Efe’s red card in the opening match.

‘We have written to CAF, for record purpose and not requesting for upturn of the results because we know it is irreversible. They (referees) should be fair to us because the penalty judgment against the team is another wonder made in Africa and it is most unfortunate,’ a top member of NFF disclosed to PANA on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Bolaji Abdulahi has ordered the NFF to pay the Eagles US$10,000 each, representing full bonus, for the draw against Zambia, instead of the agreed US$5,000 bonus for a draw.

‘The need to pay them the full bonus is to further motivate the players to go all out in the final group match and win,’ the top official disclosed.

When a PANA correspondent visited the Eagles’ camp on Friday night after the Zambia match, a jazz band was on hand to entertain the players after dinner, despite the disappointing outcome of the encounter.

Pana 26/01/2013


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